This coming September, the BC Interior Forestry Museum and Forest Discovery Centre is hosting a movies under the stars series. The museum has chosen a great line-up of fun and educational films that inform locals on forest ecology and industry.

Museum manager Anna Minten says the film series is about sparking conversation and understanding different perspectives.

“It’s clear Revelstoke cares about their forests. One thing I’ve learned in the five wonderful years I’ve worked at this museum and forest discovery centre is there is so much diversity to the knowledge on the topic of forestry. This series of films was chosen to further local knowledge on the industry and our forests, to spark conversation and stimulate a deeper understanding of all aspects of the industry.

“Last year we showed a couple films to see if there was any interest. After a few successful showings and great reviews from guests, we decided we should do more this year,” Minten said.

The first film will be on Friday, Sept. 4, (all films at 7 p.m.; check the events calendar here) and will be a documentary about the Incomappleux old growth forest located up what some call Fish River or the Incomappleux River, near Beaton Arm on Upper Arrow Lake.

Screenshot from
Screenshot from ‘The Incomappleux’

To view the trailer, visit this URL: http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/7134

The documentary aims to raise awareness of the existence of the antique forests found within the Incomappleux River Valley and elsewhere within the Inland Temperate Rainforest, and to motivate others to educate themselves and become involved with conserving what little remains of this magical forest for future generations.

Director Riel Marquardt will present the film and lead a Q&A session after.

For Riel, “a walk through this forest of 1,000-plus year-old trees, untouched by human hand, is a spiritual experience. My desire to connect to that oneness-of-all feeling and my ability to move under the guidance of compassion are amplified within its spaces. For me this forest is a place of reverence and connection, not only as a monument to what little of its former self remains, but also its ability to heal simply by walking in its profound timeless presence. It is a park that we humans have not designated as such at this point in time.”

The second film is for all ages. Planes: Fire & Rescue under the stars will be a great late-summer family experience just before school starts again. It screens on Saturday, Sept. 5. It is a very well done Disney film about world-famous air racer Dusty, who finds out he may never race again. He is launched into the world of aerial firefighting and joins forces with a team of veteran firefighters. Together, they battle a massive fire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. As Ian Ward, a local firefighting crew leader said, “Disney did their research; Planes: Fire & Rescue paints a pretty good picture of the firefighting practices we use today.”

Death in the Forest highlights the extreme dangers inherent in the forest industry, and successful measures taken in the B.C. forest industry in the past seasons to drastically improve the situation. Photo: film promotional image
Death in the Forest highlights the extreme dangers inherent in the forest industry, and successful measures taken in the B.C. forest industry in the past seasons to drastically improve the situation. Photo: film promotional image

The third film will be Death in the Forest showing on Thursday,September 10. It was a documentary made for Global TV in 2005, exploring the spiraling forest injury and death toll leading up to 2005 when more than 40 workers were killed in the forest sector. Thankfully by 2014 the annual toll had fallen to three worker deaths. The film follows the work of timber fallers on the west coast of B.C. With breathtaking footage of old growth coastal forest stands and a soundtrack of creaking and crashing timber, the film brings the viewer up close to the danger of the work, giving us a privileged view of the determination, skill and frustration the work brings.

We join men cutting the giant timber stands and reflecting on the harsh economic and bureaucratic forces stacked against their safety and well-being. This film documents an emergent and poignant culture shift in logging safety, from individualistic mastery to the realization that mastery is defeated without attention to whole-system change and dialogue.

The last showing hits home with many current and retired tree planters.

78 Days – Tree Planting documentary trailer from Jason Nardella on Vimeo.

The film 78 Days is a Canadian International Film Festival award-winning documentary that takes you through a grueling hard season of tree planting in swamplands in norther Alberta. Truly a worst-case scenario, this film gives a good understanding of the highlights and struggles of working as a tree planter. Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 16 for this film.

So this fall, pull out your chairs and blankets, find a snuggle buddy, fill up a Thermos with some tea, and join the forestry museum next to the Revelstoke Dam, as they light up your mind under the stars.

“Thankfully, Downie Timber has become our Outdoor Movie Night sponsor, helping cover the copyright fees and the equipment needed to show the films outside,” Minten said. “[This] allows us to execute this dream of enlightening locals, under the stars.”

 For more details on the upcoming Outdoor Movie series please visit bcforestrymuseum.ca/calendar

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